William Stewart MacGeorge (1861-1931)
|Artist Name||William Stewart MacGeorge (1861-1931)|
|Title||Three Girls Crossing a Stream|
|Description||This wonderful vibrant Scottish Impressionist portrait oil painting is by much noted and exhibited Scottish artist William Stewart MacGeorge. Painted circa 1900, the composition is of three girls in the foreground, crossing a stream in a woodland, the oldest girl giving the youngest a piggy back. Their colourful clothing and the vivid blue of the water stands out against the foliage. The impressionistic brushwork is superb, the picture alive with light and colour. This is a charming Scottish Victorian Impressionistic painting and an excellent example of MacGeorge's work.
Signed lower right
William Young Edinburgh dealer label verso and remnant of another Edinburgh label.
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||30 x 25 inches|
|Frame||Housed in an ornate gilt frame, 37 inches by 32 inches, in good condition.|
|Biography||William Stewart MacGeorge (1861–1931) was a Scottish artist associated with the Kirkcudbright School. Born in Castle Douglas, lived at 120 King St. He attended the Royal Institution Art School in Edinburgh before studying under Charles Verlat in Antwerp 1884-85. On his return he painted subjects which involved children playing, executed in low tones. After becoming influenced by Edward Atkinson Hornel, who had also studied under Verlat, MacGeorge began using brighter colours and greater impasto. He continued to focus on the usual pastoral features so loved by Impressionists - children at play, fields of flowers, woods, rivers with fishermen, farm labourers, the effect of light and some evening scenes. MacGeorge was also inspired by the ballards of the Borders. Around 1912 he also spent some time painting in Venice. In 1929, two years before his death, MacGeorge married the widow of Hugh Munro, the watercolour artist Mabel Victoria MacGeorge and settling in Gifford in East Lothian where he died aged 70. His widow bequeathed about 45 of his paintings to Haddington Town Council.
MacGeorge exhibited at the Paris Salons, winning a bronze medal at the Paris Exposition Universalle of 1900. He became a member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1898 and an academician in 1910. He exhibited at the RSA (1881-1932), RGI (1883-1932) and RA (1894-1925).